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County Launches Training Program for Board Members of Common Ownership Communities

The Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities ( CCOC) has launched a new online training program, Community Governance Fundamentals , for common ownership community board members. The CCOC developed this training to meet requirements of  Bill 45-14, which was passed by the County Council on February 3, 2015. The measure was signed into law by the County Executive on February 11, 2015 and took effect January 1, 2016.

The new law is designed to promote more knowledgeable and responsible management of common ownership communities. Such self-governing residential communities include condominiums, cooperatives and homeowners’ associations. There are more than 1,000 common ownership communities in Montgomery County, comprised of more than 130,000 common ownership units. More than 30% of Montgomery County residents live in common ownership communities.

Members of the board of directors of all common ownership communities in Montgomery County (except those within the city of Gaithersburg) who are elected, re-elected or appointed to a term of office on or after January 1, 2016 are required within 90 days to successfully complete the  online training program.

By the end of each year, common ownership communities are required to report to the CCOC when board members have completed the online training program.

The new training program addresses ethics, roles and responsibilities of board members and homeowners, community governing documents, financial management, meeting rules, and general administration. The training also is available to members of the public interested in learning about operating common ownership communities. To take the training, please use this link:   Community Governance Fundamentals Recommended browsers for this training are:   Safari 7 or higher or the latest version of Google Chrome. For any questions regaarding the CCOC's program, please contact staff for the Office of Common Ownership Communities by calling 240.777.3766 or by email at

Alternative Classroom Training
In addition to the online training program which is currently available, in the future there may also be the option to take the training in a group or classroom format.
Maryland attorneys with experience in community association law and professional community association managers may be able to provide the training using the identical curriculum provided in the online training program.
The curriculum includes a brief quiz which may be performed throughout the course or at the conclusion of the presentation of the material. The instructor will be required to affirm that the participants have been meaningfully present throughout the instruction period and have completed the quiz.
Any individuals interested in serving as training instructors should contact staff at or by calling 240.777.3766.
Additional information will be posted when available.

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